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Confocal measurement of dental samples

In order to record surface topographies, micro-engineering company Certiga - Engineering Solutions GbR is using Micro-Epsilon's optoNCDT 2401 confocal sensors for high precision measurements.

Certiga's KF-30 automatic measurement system has been developed to detect and profile the surfaces of different materials using the non-contact confocal measuring technique, and then display the results three-dimensionally. A typical application for the KF-30 is in dental research, where the system is used to measure the biting surfaces of dental implants and to analyse the resulting abrasions. The system is already being used in this manner at the Munich polyclinic.

The surface to be measured is displayed visually using a CCD camera. The desired area is marked directly in the 'live' image. Up to eight surfaces can be measured automatically. The software provided displays the data as a three-dimensional surface. Using the confocal sensor, a resolution of up to 0.12µm is achieved. The system is used on surfaces such as plastic, paper, fibre matting, glass and metals.

Extremely high resolutions are possible when using confocal chromatic measurement technology. Resolutions in the nanometre range are typically achieved by expanding the colour spectrum. As the colour, which is in the focal point, is used for distance information, confocal sensors have a very small measuring spot that enables measurements on particularly small objects. Therefore, even the finest scratches on a surface can be measured reliably.

Micro-Epsilon's optoNCDT 2401 confocal chromatic measuring system comprises a controller and a sensor. A fibre optic cable, up to 50m in length, connects these two components. The optoNCDT 2401 has no moving parts and is therefore wear-free. It can also be used in hazardous (ATEX/Ex) environments.

The system consists of an LED-based controller, a fibre optic cable and one of the sensor heads from the series 2400/2401/2403, or the world's smallest confocal sensor, the 2402. A free demonstration software tool is included and offers rapid access to system installation and data acquisition.

With transparent materials, a one-sided thickness measurement can be accomplished along with the distance measurement. Since the emitter and receiver are arranged in one axis, shadowing is avoided. In contrast to conventional triangulation sensors, the optoNCDT 2401 system is able to measure in narrow apertures, small gaps and cavities.

Micro-Epsilon (www.micro-epsilon.co.uk) is a major global manufacturer of sensors, headquartered in Germany. The company’s range of displacement sensors measure everything from to distance, position, vibration, dimensions and thickness, using both contact and non-contact measurement techniques. These techniques include 1D, 2D and even 3D laser-optical sensors and systems, eddy-current, capacitive, LVDT & inductive, potentiometric and draw-wire principles. Additionally Micro Epsilon has developed its own range of non-contact infrared temperature sensors that can measure virtually any target temperature from -40 to +3,300°C.

With more than 35 years’ experience in the industry, Micro-Epsilon isn’t just a sensor manufacturer. The company is highly innovative and understands the importance of providing complete solutions and support services for its customers. The firm is renowned for its expertise in consulting, development and application of industrial sensors to complex, customer-specific solutions for measurement, inspection and automation. The focus is on selling technical advantage to its customers.

For sales and technical information contact:-

Chris Jones
Micro-Epsilon UK Ltd.
Telephone: +44(0)151 355 6070
Fax: +44(0)151 355 6075

July 2011

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